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. zero heartburn. >>> just over three months since the newtown, connecticut massacre. harry reid formally introduced a gun bill he says will be debated when lawmakers return from two week recess. joining us to talk about that and moore, cnn's chief political analyst, gloria borger and senior analyst, ron bronstein, national journal editorial director. thanks for coming in. dianne feinstein said she is not very happy that apparently the assault weapons ban would be submitted as amendment as opposed to part of the bill. >> this is very important to me. i am not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation, not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust as i would see it. >> she will get a vote as an amendment, but it won't be part of a comprehensive bill, and it is almost certainly going to die. >> right. and i think that's not a surprise to a lot of people. and normally people say let's blame the republican party for that. the truth of the matter is that there are a handful of
-called assault weapons, all but dead in the senate according to top democrat harry reid, the vice president said he's not giving up. >> i'm not going to rest nor is the president until we do all of these things, all of these things. >> he told the family of a teacher killed protecting children in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting, that the country needs some political backbone. >> you know, it's time for the political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed. >> the father of a 6-year-old also killed at newtown said shame on the congress. >> i'm really ashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up and make a change, and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> from new york's mayor bloomberg, a call for public pressure. >> if you want to make a difference, you better pick up the phone, call your congress person. >> but what happened was no surprise. conservative democrats in the senate up for reelection risk riling up pro-gun forces in an election year, if they vote for the ban. democratic supporters like retiring michigan sena
. it appears your effort is all by dead. listen to what harry reid said today. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> now, senator reed, senator feinstein, had said before that you deserved a vote. now it appears it's going to be an amendment, it could be a symbolic vote. what's your response to this new -- >> no, no, if it's an amendment, that is not a symbolic vote. i did the bill in 1994 on the floor as an amendment. it enacted a law. it went on to the house, it was enacted. what senator reid told me is that i would have an opportunity for a vote. i take him at his word. i told him also that it would be my intention to separate out the prohibition on the future, manufacture, transfer, sale, possession of large ammunition feeding devices of more than ten bullets. i asked him if this could be part of a package. he said no. and i took away from that meeting the belief that we would have a vote on the full bill, and a vote on ammu
, what harry reid said. we know it's true because we've been reporting on this show really since the gun debate reignited after newtown that it's not just because republicans oppose it. it's also because of democrats, particularly in the senate. in fact, if you look at, we have a set of compiled -- some faces and names of democratic senators. if you look there's about a dozen. these are senators who have either outright said, no way to assault weapons ban, or those who run from us in the hallway when we try to ask or somewhere in between. the reason is most of them come from states where they're the whole concept of gun rights runs very wide and very deep. it would be cultural heresy many of them think to ban any kind of gun and to vote for that. the senators here may support other gun control like background checks or limiting high capacity ammunition clips, even trafficking, and so the thinking and it really has been all along, is that if they put the assault weapons ban in this broad gun control package, then the whole thing will go down whereas if they take it out, and put it as an a
to be in legislative trouble. senate majority leader harry reid has frankly admitted he doesn't have the votes for a assault weapons ban and support for other legislation also appears shaky. >> it only has been three months since the newtown massacre. i mean, there was so much political support and really a rallying cry after that for stricter gun control measures. why does the political support seem so shaky right now, i guess is the question. >> well, there's two reasons. one is that time has passed. the polls have eroded somewhat. they're still generally in favor of the gun control people, depending on the poll, but not as strongly in favor. also the purpose of purple states. the simple truth is there are lawmakers who come from states where support is not nearly as strong as it is in other places, and they don't want to lose their jobs next year by making a stand on this issue right now, particularly on the more controversial parts. >> and they have to listen to the voters who put them in office as well. >> we'll see how it goes. >> tom foreman, thanks so much. >>> to the white house now w
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